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27 Apr. 2017

Martine Syms - Incense, Sweaters and Ice

Images Festival 2017

Incense, Sweaters, and Ice by Martine Syms
Presented in partnership with Art Metropole, Canadian Art, and the Toronto Black Film Festival
Thursday April 27, 7PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.

$15 general admission
$10 students, seniors, underemployed

Incense, Sweaters, and Ice is a new feature film inspired by the idea that anything one does while being watched is a performance. The film follows three protagonists—Mrs. Queen Esther Bernetta White, Girl, and WB (“whiteboy”)—as they navigate the dramas of surveillance, moving between looking, being looked at, and remaining unseen. How does the ever-present potential image affect the way we act and the way we see ourselves? By examining how cinema now happens in real time, Syms works between the documented and the live. Set in the afterimage of the Great Migration, each of the characters responds to visibility differently. Mrs. Queen White sees it as liberating, Girl is ambivalent about her own image but loves to lurk, and WB wants to direct. Using the idea of inheritance as a departure point, the film simulates the private-public unconscious of television shows, advertisements, police cams, Vines, and original and found photography alongside images taken by family members to create a collage about familial, cultural, and historical legacies.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Martine Syms in conversation with Artistic Director Amy Fung and Canadian Art staff writer Merray Gerges.

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